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The Massachusetts Historical Society and The Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial Present “Can They Do It?” A Panel Discussion Exploring Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment

Saturday, 21 September 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston The MHS and The Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial present “Can They Do It?” a panel discussion exploring divisions on the road to the 19th Amendment, featuring acclaimed historians Allison K. Lange, Corrine T. Field, Manisha Sinha, and Barbara F. Berenson. The event takes place Saturday, 21 September at 3:00 PM at the Massachusetts Historic Society, located at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston. It is free and open to the public, RSVP encouraged. The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for ...

Massachusetts Students Win Awards at National History Day

Massachusetts sent 70 students from across the Commonwealth to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland. Congratulations to those who came home with awards and notable mentions as well as to everyone who participated in the program this year. The Massachusetts Historical Society, the state sponsor for Massachusetts History Day, the state affiliate of National History Day, is pleased to announce a number of award-winning students and projects from the national competition that took place on June 9-13, at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. National History Day is a yearlong interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6 through 12. Students conduct primary- and secondary-source research on a historical topic of their choosing and present their work through a documentary ...

New Trustees, Overseers, and Fellows Approved at MHS Annual Meeting

The vote was unanimous. As the governing body, the Fellows of the MHS approved six new Trustees as well as eight new Overseers at the Society's Annual Meeting on 12 June 2019. Eleven Fellows were also officially accepted during the meeting. After business concluded, a tribute was given in recognition of 25 years of service to the Society by employees Jennifer Smith, Operations Assistant, and Mary E. Yacovone, Senior Cataloger. Retiring Trustees Joyce E. Chaplin and Herbert P. Dane were thanked for their years of service along with retiring Overseers Amy de Rahm, Nancy Anthony, Richard W. Cheek, Jonathan Hecht, Thomas M. Paine, Robert Pemberton, Alan Rogers, and William P. Veillette. The Society’s new Trustees include Edward Baldini, Nancy Cott, Annette Gordon-Reed, René F. Jones, James W. Segel, and Michael Shea. Edward Baldini is ...

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Upcoming Events

Brown Bag; Research Fellow

The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans

30Aug 12:00PM 2019

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts ...

Conversation; Legacies of 1619

Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience

7Sep 4:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30.

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 ...

Author Talk

Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier

10Sep 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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